The Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement party has made an unprecedented move to ring fence the position of the 1st National Vice Chairperson for Hajji Moses Kigongo.
The continuation of CEC meeting on Wednesday asked the candidates standing against Kigongo to step down for the historical who has occupied the position for decades. He is being challenged by the former Kampala Central MP Francis Babu, Hakeem Asiimwe Lukenge and Presidential Advisor Kefa Mufumu.
“Hajji Kigongo has been there for us (NRM) since the bush days. We should be considerate enough and accord him the 1st National Vice Chairman without subjecting him to elections,” said a source in CEC.
The NRM secretariat quoted a report from the legal team saying civil servants like Kefa Mufumu are not supposed to practice partisan politics.
Though CEC has already made the decision, candidates are yet to be met and convinced by the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni. Museveni was scheduled to meet them while returning from Jinja yesterday.
Meanwhile the central region national vice chairperson, Hajji Abdu Nadduli and his Western region counterpart, Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza have been asked to stand down.
The two are said to be civil servants on government payroll. Nadduli is a senior presidential advisor while Kyaligonza is Uganda’s ambassador to Bujumbura.
The duo is supposed to be given special status to join CEC without going through elections according to another source.
Kyaligonza, however, disagreed with the Secretariat legal interpretation saying it is a plot to kick some of them out of the party. The combative general thinks secretariat officials want changes in the party’s highest administrative organ for them to manipulate.
Kyaligonza demanded for another legal interpretation from the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga. Museveni promised to convene another meeting with the aggrieved candidates and the Attorney General.
Efforts to get a comment from the NRM Communications Director, Emmanuel Dombo were futile as he didn’t pick our calls. He is, however, expected to address the press on the CEC decisions this weekend.
Apart from the 1st National Vice Chairman, the rest of positions are going to be determined by the election scheduled for next week.
For the position of 2nd National Vice Chairperson female incumbent, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is battling three competitors including junior Lands Minister, Persis Namuganza, Jane Frances Amongin and Deborah Kyazike Kinobe.
Vice Chairperson North has four candidates including incumbent Sam Engola, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, Timothee Okee and Dr. Samuel Oledo.
For Eastern region incumbent, Mike Mukula is facing former Tororo Municipality Member of Parliament, Sanjay Tana and John Robert Ekongot.
Nadduli was facing the junior Tourism, Wild Life and Antiquities minister, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi and Moses Kalangwa Kalisa. The two are likely to battle each other as Nadduli exits the race.
In Kampala, incumbent Geoffrey Nyakana is facing competition from businessman Salim Uhuru and former Rubaga North MP, Singh Katongole.
Karamoja region vice chairperson attracted the candidature of Jimmy Lokoru Tebanyag who wants to unseat Simon Aelper.